Facebook today announced plans to eliminate its voting system that gave users a say in how their privacy is handled.
Schrage said the system initially worked well but as of late had become a mere numbers game.
“In the past, your substantive feedback has led to changes to the proposals we made. However, we found that the voting mechanism, which is triggered by a specific number of comments, actually resulted in a system that incentivized the quantity of comments over their quality,” he wrote. “Therefore, we’re proposing to end the voting component of the process in favor of a system that leads to more meaningful feedback and engagement.”
The company plans to keep its seven-day comment period open and hold a Q&A with its Chief Privacy Officer, but it did not say how privacy decisions would be made once the voting system is eliminated.
“We will also provide additional notification mechanisms, including email, for informing you of those changes,” Schrage said.
Other proposed updates include:
- setting up new filters to manage incoming messages
- making sure people understand where “hidden” posts may still appear (like others’ timelines or news feeds)
- providing tips for deleting posts, activity logs and others’ posts where you’re tagged.